Dr Sharadah Essapen

Consultant Oncologist


Personal profile

Dr Sharadah Essapen was appointed as Consultant Clinical Oncologist at St Luke’s Cancer Centre (the Royal Surrey County NHS Foundation Trust) in February 2003, and specialises in gastrointestinal and gynaecological cancers.

As well as working at St Peter’s Hospital and Frimley Park NHS Foundation Trust, Dr Essapen continues to play a pivotal role in improving patient care, and has previously held the post of Lead Clinician for Radiotherapy at St Luke’s Cancer Centre and Chairperson of the weekly Network Gynae-Oncology multi-disciplinary meeting.

She is currently Deputy Chief of Service for Oncology at St Luke’s Cancer Centre, Guildford.


She undertook her formal Oncology training in a number of large Cancer Centres – Barts and The London NHS Trust, The Royal Marsden Hospital and the Royal Surrey County Hospital.

Prior to her Consultant appointment, she undertook a two-year MD research programme that investigated whether specific proteins in colon cancer could predict prognosis. Dr Essapen is trained in the delivery of Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) for anal and endometrial cancers, and Papillon therapy for rectal cancers.


She plays a significant role in clinical research at St Luke’s Cancer Centre (SLCC) and is the Principal Investigator on numerous national and international colorectal, anal and gynaecological cancer trials.

She is also involved in collaborative laboratory-based research investigating the prognostic role of cancer cell surface receptors, and provides regular clinical supervision to PhD researchers, and has published widely in her area of expertise.

Dr Essapen is a Trustee for two SLCC-based charities - BRIGHT (a gastrointestinal cancer charity) and GRACE (Gynae-oncology Research and Clinical Excellence). She is fully committed to supporting research and improving outcomes for her patients.

Clinical Interests

  • Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy for anal, rectal and endometrial cancers
  • Papillon therapy for rectal cancers
  • Gynaecological oncology, including ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, vulvar and vaginal cancers
  • Systemic chemotherapy for colorectal and gynaecological cancers

Professional Memberships

  • British Medical Association
  • General Medical Council
  • Royal College of Physicians
  • The Royal College of Radiologists

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